DIY Plastic Storage Cube Rat Play Pen!

I’ve seen runs for Guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters but I’ve never seen someone make a rat run out of storage cubes. Typically I see people using the mesh style cubes but here in the UK we have some plastic and metal ones that I figured would be a neat idea to try to make into a rat run!

My budget at the end of the day was £20 total, and I spent £13 on a pack of storage cubes off of Ebay:

Ensure that you don’t get the shoe version as it’s much smaller!!

This video shows basic creation instructions and how to use the pieces to connect the shelves into this design. I hope it helps!

If you do happen to go with this idea, please take a picture and send it to me!! Or send it via Instagram and tag me so I can see what it looks like! I’d love to see what other people do and how they improve on this design! 😀

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  1. NightOwl on October 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Wow you have solved not only my art photography conundrum ( needing a light box) but also a rat proof play pen problem! One Of my rats is very naughty and gets out of the cardboard playpens. I’ll be hunting for these storage cubes now. Many thanks.

  2. *Suki* on October 3, 2020 at 5:03 am

    im geting that exact pen for my free range area for my pet rats

  3. blood and silver on October 3, 2020 at 5:03 am

    you don’t really need the base, there’s not enough space for them to squeeze under and if you use fleece you’re fine. you can use the extra panels to make the pen bigger

  4. christmas9lights on October 3, 2020 at 5:04 am

    How many did you buy

  5. Manuel Alfaro on October 3, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Got this playpen for a miniature pincher which loves to pee on walls when lifting his leg also cleans easily because it’s plastic my dog is not a chewer

  6. Matthew Tratz on October 3, 2020 at 5:07 am

    This is neat. But how much of a pain in the butt is it to clean the bottom?

  7. Jessica Ardis on October 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I think I’m going to get this would u recommend it for guinea pigs??

  8. Summer Swisher on October 3, 2020 at 5:12 am

    In the description it says to not buy the shoe version.. but all I can find is the shoe version on ebay.

  9. Emma B on October 3, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Jack Skellington and Victor Van Dort? The nerd inside of me is screaming.

  10. Paz R on October 3, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Have you had any issues with them chewing through the plastic material?

  11. harlyn blanchflower on October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

    What is it called? Where can I buy it?

  12. blood and silver on October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

    it’s hard to find a good pen for rats. guinea pig pen etc aren’t ideal for rats as they can easily climb it so good to see ideas for making them. thank you

  13. mochikookie on October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

    For anybody wondering I am getting these for my guinea pigs. I have not ordered them yet but I found some very similar to these. I found a lot on amazon. I saw a lot of people asking where she go them and inj have no clue where she got hers but you can find some like these on amazon.

  14. TC tha Crisis on October 3, 2020 at 5:17 am

    You dont answer questions I see….

  15. RoyaleJvnna on October 3, 2020 at 5:17 am

    May I know how to make a second floor using that

  16. Enemy on October 3, 2020 at 5:17 am

    not sure who it is to you, but to me Jack and Victor are from Young and the Restless soap opera!!! lol

  17. Linda R. on October 3, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Do you think it’s suitable for a kitten?

  18. Fred Herbert on October 3, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Came here after seeing this on Amazon. I may be buying it for my rats. Thanks!

  19. Mary on October 3, 2020 at 5:19 am

    is it possible for you to go in to play with them?

  20. Megan Arms on October 3, 2020 at 5:20 am

    This video is a life saver. My rats are 5-6 months old now and even though their cage is big enough for another rat, they’ve got so much energy i just want to give them some more space, but they climb wire so fast i needed another solution🤣

  21. Amie Russell on October 3, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Okay, here’s my problem. I ordered two sets from Amazon so I could make it taller. My mischievous little ladies liked to jump out. So now it is three tall. But my problem is now miss smarty pants "Eowyn" can jump and grab onto where the two pieces come together and climb out the rest of the way. I was thinking maybe line the inside with a tarp or something like it. Any thoughts?

  22. Innocent Vlogs on October 3, 2020 at 5:21 am

    I built this exact set up, my rats jumped over it no problems. I didnt even have anything inside so will be ordering more to make taller ><.

  23. Denise G on October 3, 2020 at 5:22 am

    Hello! very informative video, thank you so much. I am thinking about getting those as a storage for my clothes instead of a wardrobe. Since you have them in your office and for those cute pets do you think it would be stable enough to build it up like 2 meters high?
    Thank you very much

  24. ShesSoulSuckingSuccubus on October 3, 2020 at 5:25 am

    I have been looking for a none chewable fencing for my girls. I have seen YouTube videos of cardboard boards being used witch I use but my rats chew threw them. This is exactly what I have been looking for to bad they are way to expensive in the US (60$) for 9 cubes but thank u very mush for sharing something different for rats.

  25. Casper Moondrop on October 3, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Perfect I have about the same budget for my rats

    Thanks lapres

  26. blood and silver on October 3, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Still Game is brilliant btw

  27. Mollie Högberg on October 3, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I’d also like to know how to know if it’s the shoe version or not?

  28. Leona Morrison on October 3, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Where did u buy that

  29. Solo Frazier on October 3, 2020 at 5:34 am

    that is beautiful!!! I love it! Im making that for my chinchilla Peter!!!

  30. Zlinky111 on October 3, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Can the dogs be trusted near the rats?

  31. conemara dreams on October 3, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Do they live in it

  32. Board, Deck & Dice on October 3, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for this! Got a load of these from amazon and it’s perfect. Our baby boys are loving more space to run around.

  33. InfamousAnimals • on October 3, 2020 at 5:41 am

    I got something similar to these but on Amazon! It is a lot clear too! I use it for my hamster and it’s awesome!!!!

  34. Elin Lövgren on October 3, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Thats so clever 😀

  35. Sian-Ishah Stoneham on October 3, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Thank you! This will be very useful whilst my ratties are still a bit flighty!

  36. Hellnogizmo on October 3, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Sadly cannot find any such object here in the states. 🙁 Love this set up. Would love more info on how i might find it closer to me.

  37. MajeekaRevel on October 3, 2020 at 5:49 am

    where do you buy these shelves?

  38. Pizzati on October 3, 2020 at 5:51 am

    love the amount of effort you put into your videos its just insane 💜

  39. samanthababy1 on October 3, 2020 at 5:54 am

    What are these white fabric cubes called? I have bought it, but i must make it 4 plates high…have so many jumpers in my girl group

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